Thomas Hurley III (aka Artist TH3) born November 20, 1974 in Newport, Rhode Island) is an American artist, writer and director from the Pacific Northwest, generally considered to be a part of the art movement dubbed “lowbrow” or pop surrealism.
In 1997 Thomas graduated from the Northwest College of Art in Washington State, with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art and Visual Communications. He spent his internship with the Seattle Fire Department, illustrating “danger scenes” for their fire safety program. After years of freelance projects Thomas was approached by Secessions Art Management and quickly became a full time gallery exhibitionist. While showing his work in art house venues across the country, Thomas eagerly accepted commissions for record covers, event posters, and the publishing of his three coloring books.
During the 2000’s, Thomas’ lifelong interest in art and science landed him the art director position for the PBS television show Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy”. His duties included weekly storyboards, set designs and costume production. Between taping seasons, Thomas teamed up with two local artists and produced a live, mixed-media extravaganza called “Pleaseeasaur”. This nationally touring stage show of computerized music, bizarre costumes and flash animation was labeled “The craziest act in America today” (LA Weekly), resulting in a deal with Comedy Central for a one-hour animated TV pilot, and a series of in store DVDs.
After ten years of television and touring, Thomas was recruited to the famous Radio Recorders Studio in Hollywood California to direct original programming for an Internet TV station called “The Real UHF.com”. Several of the web shows achieved instant cult status such as, ‘All Alone” with comedian Neil Hamburger, The Count Smokula Show, and a video-variety program, titled and starring famous novelty DJ. Dr. Demento.
As seasons come and go, Thomas always returns to his love of painting. Originally inspired by the hard shadows of film noir and pulp comics, Thomas delivers the narrative power of an entire story with a single image. Heavy contour lines provide an even balance, against the eye-popping colors of his storyboard-like compositions. Recurring themes include desperate characters, animal anatomy and old-fashioned telephones.
Currently Thomas resides at his eccentric “Cabinwood” estate, on the forest peninsula outside of Seattle. At any time during the night, he can be found sketching a new series of paintings, or writing scenes for his weekly Internet shows “Rhondavision” and “Edutainment America”.